HYDERABAD: An image of huge stashes of currency notes along with police officers is viral on social media. Users claim that the money was recovered from the BJP leader's house in Bengal.
"Education institutions, Hospitals, Universities are not being founded for what all the money of the country is going to BJP leaders and their friends' pockets. Huge money has been recovered from the house of a BJP leader in Bengal (sic)," said a social media user.
NewsMeter found that the claim is false as the viral picture is from a 2019 fake currency racket in Khammam district, Telangana.
We performed a reverse image search and found November 2019 reports by Mumbai Mirror and Telangana Today that carried similar images stating that the viral image is from a fake currency racket in Khammam.
According to the reports, the Khammam police in Telangana busted a fake currency note racket and seized 350 bundles of fake notes that looked similar to Rs 2000 currency notes.
Commissioner of Police Tafseer Iqubal informed that the racket was operating in Sathupally town. He said the accused "used to place one original note on top of a bundle of fake notes and exchange them with their victims. On the 350 bundles of Rs 2000 fake notes which the police seized it was written 'Children Bank of India'".
Hans India states that the Khammam police seized cash worth Rs 7 crore.
The viral image was tweeted by news agency ANI in 2019 and states that the Khammam police busted a racket of exchanging Rs. 2,000 denomination currency notes.
Thus, the money was not seized from a BJP leader's house in Bengal. The claim is false.